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India looks hot favourite to win ICC World Cup 2019

We have reached the business end of the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup and as things have panned out so far, India has emerged as the hot favourite to win the tournament.

Given that India is into the last four, the team is three wins (one in the remaining three league matches and the other two in the semis and final) away from lifting the cup for the third time after the Prudential World Cup 1983 and ICC World Cup 2011. So you can access and other prominent cricket betting sites to put your money on India to win this mega cricket tournament.

India has been without a doubt the best team so far, talent wise or temperament wise. The team’s campaign has seen a mix of clinical wins and a few matches where they had to hold their nerve to have the last laugh. Let’s have a look at how the Men in Blue have fared so far in the ICC World Cup 2019 :

Ind vs SA World Cup 2019 result : India’s campaign in the ICC World Cup 2019 started late, almost a week after the tournament kicked off.  Their first match was against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. After restricting South Africa to 227 for 9 thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4 for 51, India chased down the target quite easily courtesy of Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 122 to lead the team to a 6-wicket win.

Ind vs Aus World Cup 2019 result : In their second match, which was against the defending champs Australia, India came up with a strong batting show to post 352 for 5 with Shikhar Dhawan scoring 117 despite breaking his finger in the due course of his innings. India had piled up enough runs on the board to bat the Aussies out of the contest. The Aussies ended with 316 all out with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking three wickets each to bowl India to a 36-run win.

Ind vs NZ World Cup 2019 result : This was set to be an interesting match as India lost its warm-up match against the Kiwis and the latter’s bowling had bundled out sides cheaply prior to what was going to be Match 18 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. However, the match was washed out without a ball bowled.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Photo courtesy of Anand Anil/

Ind vs Pak World Cup 2019 result : India took on arch rivals Pakistan for the first time since the two countries almost were on the brink of war following a terror attack that killed several Indian security men. It was a high voltage match in which the more composed team would go on to win, and that was India although they lost Shikhar Dhawan due to injury. At the Old Trafford in Manchester, India through Rohit Sharma’s 140 and 77 from Virat Kohli, posted 336 for 5. In their run chase, the Pakistani batting crumbled under pressure to finish at 212 for 6 in 40 overs, losing the rain-affected match by 89 runs.

Ind vs Afg World Cup 2019 result : After their thumping win against Pakistan, India was against minnows Afghanistan. Ironically, this match turned out to be the toughest for the Indians as they barely scraped through to beat Afghanistan by 11 runs in a thrilling finish. India struggled against the Afghan spinners to post a modest 224 for 8 with Virat Kohli top-scoring with 67. Afghanistan was favourite to chase the target but their openers batted poorly to keep India’s chances alive. The Indian bowlers ensured that the required run rate climbed up leaving Afghanistan a tough task towards the end. Jasprit Bumrah got his yorkers right and Mohammed Shami, who replaced the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, took a hat-trick as India escaped from the jaws of defeat amid a fighting knock of 52 from Mohammad Nabi.

Ind vs WI World Cup 2019 result : This was India’s test against the pace and bounce generated by the West Indian bowlers. West Indies at this time was already blowing hot and cold in the tournament and was sort of out of contention for the semis. Once again, Virat Kohli led the way to score 72 while Hardik Pandya scored a crucial cameo of 46 to help India to 268 for 7. West Indies was done in by the Indian fast bowling duo of Mohammed Shami (4 for 16) and Jasprit Bumrah (2 for 9) while Yuzvendra Chahal got the ball to turn to give no chance for the inexperienced batsmen from the Caribbean. India won by a huge margin of 125 runs with only questions remaining on two spots in the playing XI that of Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav.

Team India’s remaining matches are against England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, of which they need just one victory to seal a place in the semi-finals.

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